What’s your take on this? The subject came up again in Diane L’s recent post Observations: Lovely Taurus Season is here! over at Libra Seeking Balance. She has a direct link in the comments section to Philip Sedgewick’s very interesting interpretations … Continue reading
This is the time of year when many of us are involved in our spring cleaning rituals. There’s a lot of heavy dust lingering from winter that just might be bringing you down. If you’re feeling heavy, sluggish, in a rut, or your home just doesn’t feel “right” even if you’ve already scrubbed every square inch, maybe it’s time to take it a step further.
Taurus is the sign of life. Scorpio is the sign of the dead. We can use the Full Moon Taurus/Scorpio energy to cleanse and revitalize our living spaces and our inner “home,” our bodies.
We’ve all walked in to some place and got that ewwwww feeling. What we’re doing is picking up on negative energy that has lingered in the space. Sometimes it’s the people occupying the space that create the negativity. Other times, it’s the space itself. It needs clearing.
That’s the case with my house recently. My house felt sick. Continue reading
There are two standard ways to read the minor arcana cards astrologically. One is through the decans, the three 10° divisions of each sign. The other assigns a planet in a sign to each of the minor cards. See Part … Continue reading
There are two standard ways to read the minor arcana cards astrologically. One is by the decans, the three 10° divisions of each sign. The other is the Golden Dawn system, which assigns a planet in a sign to each … Continue reading
Taurus belongs to the suit of Pentacles ~ the cards representing the earth element in the tarot ~ and relate to our work, money, status in the world, and any material or physical concerns that we have. When you draw the … Continue reading
It’s so easy to see Taurus in the southern springtime. It’s dense, easy, and lustily lush ~ with more shades of green in the tree canopies, grasses, and full-bodied palms than you can imagine. Taurus arrives with the star-shaped blooms and … Continue reading
Taurus ~ Sensuous, animal appetite, hunger, longing.
Scorpio ~ Control, desire, detection, resistance.
Scorpio tempts us with all kinds of carnal delights and Taurus ~ the ultimate consumer, the hoarder apprentice ~ wants it very badly. The Full Taurus Moon ~ which insists that we bring some kind of balance to the I have/I Want axis of our charts ~ makes us crazy with this stuff, simultaneously luring us while slapping our fingers and tsk, tsk, tsking us. Is this a rude Full Moon or what?
Rude or not, the Taurus Full Moon does require us to get it together where there is some imbalance between lust and control in our lives. Our Taurus side has to come to terms with just how much is enough and how we control the desire for accumulation ~ whether that’s money, food, friends, shoes, whatever we covet.
Scorpio knows that it can have us by the scruff of the neck if it offers the perfectly enticing morsel. From there ~ if we can’t resist ~ it might be a downward spiral into Pluto’s world.
It takes practice to resist. Sometimes a trainer is required to get us past the hurdle of self-defeat when we give in to our desires. But with practice comes resolve and, eventually, we can rely on our own ability to resist. We just might need a little help in the beginning.
Like a lot of you reading this post, I struggle with my desire to eat. Food is a drug for me. Here’s what I’m telling myself to get a foothold and not plummet deeper into Pluto’s world of shame ~ If that little pooch can resist that wiener, surely I can resist that demonic bag of Cheetos that wants to live in my thighs. I admit the dog looks stressed, so I’ll prepare myself for that. I just have to decide which is the greater reward ~ Cheetos or less flesh. In the long run, maybe less flesh is better.
That may seem trivial, but food and weight (both of which are Taurus’ domain) are huge issues for lots of people. It’s not trivial if it affects how we think about ourselves. It’s not trivial if it affects how physically fit we are or if we allow it to sabotage our self-esteem.
We all have deeper issues, too, unresolved, relentless, which aren’t trivial and Scorpio would prefer we not bring those up. Eventually, we might need to break Scorpio’s need for privacy about those, but only if the time is right.
During the last of our Scorpio days, how can you transform the reward that Taurus seeks ~ instant gratification for some driving urge ~ to one of enduring quality?
Monday brings us the Moon in Taurus to settle us down a bit from the feisty Leo/Aries energy of the weekend, then moves into Gemini on Wednesday afternoon so we’ll get off the sofa after the sumptuous Taurus days, and ends with Moon in Cancer and the arrival of Venus in Libra.
This is a luscious Moon week in many ways and, except for the Gemini influence midweek, is rather relaxed and settled. Taurus is the sign in which the Moon is exalted ~ meaning it finds an easy mode of expression here. Taurus tempers the emotionalism of the Moon, bringing a stabilizing effect. Not a bad promise, but let’s see if it can hold up with the general discontent in the air these days. Remember that great line from Field of Dreams ~ “if you build it, they will come.” Sometimes we actually have to work hard to relax because we’re so pent-up. Slow and easy is Taurus’ way. Efficiency allows more time for lazing. Build those moments for relaxation into your schedule if you have to.
In the Home…
When Monday evening rolls around and that little voice in your head whines, I can’t even begin to think about what to cook for supper, stop thinking. This is your hall pass to walk through the kitchen, plop on the sofa, and pull out the delivery menus. If no one delivers in your neighborhood, plan a Continue reading
- Be a little hedonistic
- Dramatize a value
- Create your palace
If you would be loved, love and be loveable. ~ Ben Franklin
Be a Little Hedonistic
What a pair Taurus and Leo are! You gotta love ‘em. They both have a natural inclination toward the good life and sensory pleasures, and both can be quite loving and generous. Yes, Taurus loves to shower the ones they love. This can be a very sexy combination and might be a bit hedonistic. We don’t have to go overboard ~ whatever “overboard” might be ~ but a little hedonism every now and again. Why not?
Dramatize a Value
What does that mean? Dramatize? State your case. Tell your story. Not in a melodramatic or pompous way, but a way that is alive. Let’s say you’re at a gathering where someone said something derogatory about people not waiting for prayer before eating a meal at a national conference. I had this exact dilemma just yesterday.
It’s a very common occurrence in the southern U.S. for a prayer to be said before every type of meeting imaginable, public or private. Someone said something a little snippy about the people who started eating before a prayer was said as though they were horrible people who’d committed a terrible sin. I’m accustomed to and accepting of a variety of faiths and philosophies and don’t adhere to “there’s only one way” beliefs. Should I say something to the complainers or let it pass?
I didn’t let it pass.
I dramatized my values by explaining ~ by way of an example, a dramatization ~ of why non-Southerners of any creed might not wait for a prayer before sitting down to a meal at a conference. There was no melodrama, just a simple explanation of the difference in cultures and faiths across our country and our world. I don’t think anyone was offended and I stood up for my values. I let them know that I’m not going to judge someone on whether or not they wait for grace to be said before a meal. I hope I was able to get some of my neighbors to understand why prayers aren’t necessarily apropos for every occasion. Every situation is different, of course, and I’ll gauge my dramatizations by the circumstances.
Being Fixed signs, Taurus and Leo can both become attached to their own viewpoints and set in their ways. That inability to allow others to be different has been the cause of wars, wars, and more wars ~ between opposed people, sects, or countries. As Queen Elizabeth II said, “True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.” Same goes for faiths and prayers. There’s no way under heaven I would ever try to define God to someone.
Create Your Palace
Now here’s something Taurus and Leo can definitely partner on! Your palace doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be ostentatious. But it should definitely be yours. If you share space with others, you can always eke out a tiny space of your own. Even if the only private space you have is in your car, a cubicle at the office, or a favorite spot in a public space where you can get lost in the crowd, you can bring something to the environment that makes you feel like the space you’ve created is a jewel. There are no suggestions here. You know what makes you feel good.
At the Table…
Whatever it is, it needs to be gorgeous and seductive to work for Leo and Taurus. Dining is an art, after all. Presentation is paramount, but it has to be backed up with a great big helping of delicious!
I’ll never forget the only time I had Baked Alaska. It was at New York’s Rainbow Room where KT Sullivan was performing in cabaret. What a fantastic night! The topper? There was a fantastic view of Hale-Bopp through those gorgeous windows of the Rainbow Room! Talk about presentation! Taurus loved it. Leo loved it. And Aquarius was quite impressed, too.
For something a little more in keeping with normal life but still luscious and gorgeous in any form, Rose Elliott (The Zodiac Cookbook) lists chocolate cake with her Leo recipes. It will be hard to find a Taurus and Leo who aren’t square with that!!
…and In the Garden
The waxing Moon phase is great for planting, but the zodiac sign says “NO!” Fire signs are best for getting rid of pests and unwanted things. This is also a pretty good time for laying stones or gravel in your garden. The gravel or river stones are not supposed to sink if they’re layed during the light of the Moon ~ the waxing phase. Since Leo loves gorgeous, it’s a great time to beautify your plants. A snip here, a snip there almost always brings more blooms.
Bring Leo in to your environment ~ KnickKnack Zodiac for Leo
- Learn to cook a new recipe, or…
- Watch Julie and Julia instead, or…
- Do both
- Fill the hole
- Anchor your heart
The seen is the changing. The unseen is the unchanging. ~ Plato
Fill the Hole
Taurus is not known for being an austere sign ~ far from it. It’s the very epitome of abundance and seeks to fill any hole it finds whether that’s a hole in the earth that a plant fits into, an empty stomach, a dwindling bank account, or a huge collection that can always find room for one more trinket. When my husband and I couldn’t decide on what to have for dinner some nights, we’d eat just about anything and tell each other, “Well, it fills the hole.” Taurus/Cancer days are nurturing days, but true nurturing goes beyond just filling the hole. Fill the hole, but be selective. Make good choices. And maybe it’s best to leave the hole empty for a while if what you’re filling it with isn’t right.
Anchor your Heart
Taurus and Cancer are two of the most security conscious signs of the zodiac. Both cling to what they have fallen in love with and give them comfort. In nautical terms, an anchor is a device that secures a ship from drifting away. In terms of our daily life, an anchor is something or someone that holds us steady, and likewise, keeps us from drifting away.
What is your anchor? Your work, marriage, family? Perhaps you are anchored by your money, friendships, or appearance. Perhaps it’s your religion. What would you do if they failed you?
Your only real anchor is within you. Marriages change. Careers change. Appearances change. Our understanding of the divine changes. Within yourself is where you will find the peace, serenity, and security that you look for somewhere else. Don’t lose track of that. It may waiver or evolve, but there will be a through-line, a towline of sorts, that will get you through.
With Taurus, that security can came through Venus ~ her ability to love. With Cancer, the security comes from what makes us happy ~ our Moon. Imagine Venus and Luna together, still enjoying each other’s company after many, many years. They’ve worked it out ~ old friends who understand each other. They may not always agree, but they’re solid. They are inside you and they anchor your heart when you finally become comfortable with who you are and find that you are, indeed, capable of loving yourself.
Farmer’s Almanac Contest: Name the Full Moons
The Farmer’s Almanac (not to be confused with the Old Farmer’s Almanac) is hosting a contest to come up with new names for the Full Moons. Their thought is that the Full Moon names no longer have any real relevance to life in the 21st Century. So far, they’ve come up with names for 8 of the Full Moons. The contest will continue until all 12 Moons have a new name.
Here’s a list of the new names. The traditional names are in parentheses.
October (Full Harvest) ~ Full Pumpkin
November (Full Beaver) ~ Full Thankful
December (Full Cold) ~ Full Glad Tidings
January (Full Wolf) ~ Full New Beginnings
February (Full Snow) ~ Full Sweetheart’s
March (Full Worm) ~ Full Shamrock
April (Full Pink) ~ Full Fools
May (Full Flower) ~ Full Bloom
These names are obviously intended for American voters ~ as evident with the name of November’s Full Thankful Moon in honor of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. They are currently in the voting stage for June’s Full Moon. The choices are Full Father’s, Full Bridal, Full Firefly, and Full School’s Out. You can cast your vote here. I voted for Full Firefly. I do love the fireflies that flitter around my yard in June (and July).
So what do you think? Do you like the new names or not? Overall, I’m not crazy about them. Harvest Moon is such a romantic name, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to change it. And our markets are abundant with new foods of the season.
Auntie Moon’s Name the June Full Moon Contest
I think I have a better idea as long as we’re reinventing the wheel ~ name the Full Moons by their signs. For example, the Full Moon in Scorpio might be called the Full Transformation Moon. The Full Moon in Capricorn might be a Full Midheaven Moon and the Full Moon in Cancer might be the Full Home or Full Belly Moon. You get the idea.
Our next Full Moon is the Full Flower Moon, a Full Moon in Sagittarius. What would you name that one? Share your ideas in the comments section, along with your thoughts on why the name fits. On Saturday, May 22nd, I’ll start a poll vote with the winner announced on May 26th, the day before the Full Moon. The poll will remain open through midnight (EDT), May 25th. The winner will receive a free Just For Women report. Just For Women is written by Gloria Star and, personally, I think it’s fantastic. If you’d prefer an Astro*Talk report, you have that option. It’s the winner’s choice. The first person to post a name gets credit for it, so check the comments to see if someone else posted your idea first. (Great minds do think alike.)
(Update: The next Full Moon is not actually in June. My mistake there. It’s on May 27th. If I change the title of the post, the link disappears.)
At the Table…
One of the zodiactivities is to learn how to cook a new recipe. Taurus and Cancer both enjoy a good meal and aren’t at all opposed to that meal being home-cooked. The possibilities are endless. Experiment! Maybe a recipe from one of Julia Child’s cookbooks or one of the recipes featured in her programs on PBS, available online. I’ve never made a Julia Child recipe. Uncle Moon is suffering from a small bout of diverticulitis, so that means I won’t be making any during these Moon in Cancer days. That actually means a bit of a break from cooking around our house, so maybe there’s more time for another Taurus/Cancer activity ~ sofa spuddin’.
…and in the Garden
Beautiful, glorious days. Cancer is the most fertile sign for the garden. Water sign days are also excellent for fertilizing. Feed your plants as well as you feed yourself. They’ll reward you with beautiful blooms, lush foliage, and beautiful perfume. Taurus won’t say no to any of those.
I posted a great gardening tip from Suzanne Summer recently ~ layout a budget for your garden while the Moon is in Taurus. Suzanne has an ebook available on lulu.com for a mere $3.00, Garden by the Moon. A hard copy is also available. She covers all the basics and each of the signs, along with other really good gardening tips. Suzanne also gives us Moon tables through 2015. She promises that she’ll have a website soon, which I’ll announce as soon as it’s up.